Our school's mission is to be "college ready, college bound". I have an eager, curious, and a rambunctious group of Transitional and older Kindergarten students. About 20% have not attended pre-school as it is not universally accessible in our community. Some come from daycare. Others come from Headstart and similar programs in the neighborhood. Almost all of them are English Language Learners. Many are coming in with a million word gap, underdeveloped fine and gross motor skills, and based on our beginning of the year assessments in August, only 20 % are able to identify all the letters and their sounds. It is truly amazing to see their transformation in 10 school months.
Our school uses a balanced literacy approach....that means no scripted curriculum.
This is wonderful as I get to tailor instruction based on my students' needs. This can also be tricky as I need a variety of books and materials that are at their level. For some this means they are ready to read. For others that means they need picture books with no words....known as wordless books.
Our Kindergartners have a longer day and a longer school year. They are fortunate to get Physical Education once a week but their recess times can use more choice and structure. Our 72 Kindergarten students are out at the same time and most are either eating or sitting because our play space is very limited. Almost all of the play equipment is meant for older students.
My students need more developmentally appropriate play equipment for recess.
Smaller hoops , balls, chalk, shorter jump ropes, and ribbon wands will help them get their energy out while at the same time help develop gross and fine motor skills.
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